Articles Archive

Below are all our previously published articles and news items - blog posts will be included here too.

There are also 2 wordpress blog sites which we previously used and for whom content is still available, although they are not currently being updated:

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YLAL Committee member Malvika speaks to BBC News

Post date: 25th of January 2020

Malvika Jaganmohan, YLAL Committee member and family law barrister at St Ives Chambers spoke to BBC News on 27 December 2019. 

She spoke about access to justice in the family courts, legal aid funding not being available, and people having to represent themselves (litigants in person). 

 

Video credit: BBC News

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Legal aid news: November 2019

Post date: 5th of January 2020

Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news for November 2019.

General Election: In the run up to the General Election, which took place on 12 December 2019, Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL) launched the #3Pledges4Justice campaign. We asked members to Tweet the parliamentary candidates in their constituency to show their support for 3 key pledges for a fair justice system:

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Legal aid news: October 2019

Post date: 5th of January 2020

Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from October 2019.

Legal aid cuts as a false economy:

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Legal aid news: August and September 2019

Post date: 5th of January 2020

Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from August – September 2019.

University students to fill a gap in access to justice:

The University of Bristol’s law clinic has launched an initiative seeking to address the gap in legal representation at inquests for bereaved families. Believed to be the first student led clinic with a focus on inquests the team will be supervised by Sumayyah Malna, an inquest solicitor.

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HPCDS Consultation Response

Post date: 3rd of January 2020

YOUNG LEGAL AID LAWYERS

Response to the Ministry of Justice’s consultation on the Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme (HPCDS)

3 January 2020

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General Election 2019: #3Pledges4Justice

Post date: 22nd of November 2019

With the General Election taking place on 12 December 2019, we need to put justice on the election agenda. With this in mind, we are launching a new campaign: #3Pledges4Justice

#3Pledges4Justice 

We are asking all Parliamentary candidates to support 3 key pledges for a fairer justice system: 

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MP for Aldridge-Brownhills visits Southwark Law Centre

Post date: 19th of October 2019

On Monday 14 October, Wendy Morton MP visited Southwark Law Centre as part of our TakeYourMPtoWork campaign. Wendy is Under-Secretary of State for Justice. 

 

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Consultation on Children Cases in the Family Court

Post date: 29th of September 2019

In Autumn 2018 the President of the Family Division invited Mr Justice Keehan (public law) and Mr Justice Cobb (private law), to lead two cross-professional Working Groups, to look at practices and processes in these two areas. On 29 September 2019, YLAL responded to the Interim Reports on public and private law. 

You can read our responses to this consultation below.

 

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MP for Lewisham West and Penge visits Lewisham Southwark Law Centre

Post date: 26th of September 2019

On 19 September 2019, Ellie Reeves MP visited Lewisham Southwark Law Centre. 

 

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Ellie said, of her visit: 

Great to spend yesterday morning with Lewisham Southwark Law Centre as part of the #TakeYourMPtoWork campaign.
The team do fantastic legal aid work and we discussed the range of casework issues Lewisham residents are facing.

 

 

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Solicitors Qualifying Examination

Post date: 7th of September 2019

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has been consultating on its new Solicitors Qualifying Examination ('SQE'). 

SQE will be the new way for people to qualify as solicitors. It will be introduced by Autumn 2021. 

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